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Katherine Esther Jackson (née Scruse; born Kattie B. Screws on May 4, 1930) is the matriarch of the Jackson musical family.


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Early life

Jackson was born Kattie B. Screws in Barbour County, Alabama, to Martha (née Upshaw; December 14, 1907 – April 25, 1990) and Prince Albert Screws (October 16, 1907 – January 21, 1997). When Jackson was four, her father changed his surname to “Scruse”, and renamed his daughter to Katherine Esther. The younger of two daughters, Jackson contracted polio at two but survived the disease. Effects of the disease left her with a noticeable permanent limp. At four, Jackson’s family moved to East Chicago, Indiana, a suburb outside Chicago and next to Gary, Indiana in northwest Indiana. As a child, Jackson aspired to become a country singer but was dismayed to find that there were no notable black country stars. Jackson’s parents divorced when she was still a youngster. In high school, Jackson joined the local high school band. In 1947, Jackson met Joseph Jackson also living in East Chicago. After a year-long courtship that started after Joseph annulled an early marriage, they married in November 1949. In January 1950, they purchased a two-bedroom house in Gary. During the couple’s early years, they sang together, with Joe playing guitar. After Joe’s dream of a boxing career was dashed, he continued working at East Chicago’s Inland Steel Company while Jackson gave birth to her ten children. Marlon’s twin brother, Brandon, died shortly after birth.

The Jackson family

For a period, to help make ends meet, Jackson worked as a store clerk in a local Sears store. In 1963, Jackson, who was raised a Baptist, discovered the Jehovah’s Witness faith. After her conversion in 1965, all of her children followed her into the faith. While Joe, who was brought up in the Lutheran faith, also practiced the religion, it was often said he decided not to convert. As Jackson’s brood grew, she quit her position at Sears and settled primarily as a housewife while keeping her children safe from the streets. By the early 1960s, several of Jackson’s sons began to show off their musical talents. In 1963, Joe formed The Jackson Brothers with three of their eldest sons, being Jackie, Tito and Jermaine. Around the same time, Jackson’s younger son Michael was also showing off his talent, which was discovered first by Jackson, who noticed Michael, at the age of four, singing along to the radio while dancing to the rhythm. But when she tried to tell Joe of Michael’s talent, he brushed her aside, though she insisted.

A year later, Joe enlisted Michael and older brother Marlon Jackson into the group not as vocalists, but as backing instrumentalists, playing percussion. It wouldn’t be until 1966 that Joe began to see seven-year-old Michael’s overall talents three years after Jackson’s discovery. Beforehand, Michael had performed onstage without his father’s knowledge at several school recitals starting at five. By the end of 1966, Michael was positioned as the second frontman of the group after Jermaine. Acting on advice from a schoolteacher, Joe changed the group’s name to The Jackson Five. In 1967, after winning several talent shows in Gary, Joe Jackson decided to make the group a professional act when Gordon Keith the owner and producer at Gary’s Steeltown Records discovered them, signing them to their first contract in November 1967. Their first single, “Big Boy”, produced by Keith, was released on January 30, 1968 and became a local hit. Jackson began designing the group’s costumes, which she continued until the group found national fame months after signing with Motown Records in March 1969. During the Jackson 5’s 1970-71 heyday, Jackson - along with her three daughters and youngest son - was barely mentioned in the press. This changed in 1974 when Joe began building careers around his three younger children and eldest daughter. Michael often mentioned Jackson lovingly. Jackson started to become part of her husband’s management team when the grown-up members of the group (which renamed themselves The Jacksons after splitting from Motown in 1975) reunited for the Victory Tour in 1984. On his 1982 album, Thriller, Michael dedicated the album to her. Janet Jackson would do the same following the release of her 1989 album, Rhythm Nation 1814, the first album where she wasn’t under the watchful eye of her father following the success of Control, as Janet had fired him months after its release. Michael often said that his mother was appreciative of his solo music and approved of songs such as “Billie Jean” but said she was cautious of Michael’s mature material, including “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough”. In 1985, acknowledging what was then a positive impact on her children’s successful music careers, national urban magazine Essence honored her as “Mother of the Year”.

My Family

In 1990, Jackson released her autobiography, My Family, which documented her early years and her relationship with her husband and their children, eight of whom wrote salutes to their mother in the book’s foreword. She detailed that her husband on more than a few occasions had committed adultery, one of which resulted in the birth of a daughter named Joh'Vonnie Jackson with another woman named Cheryl Terrell on August 30, 1974.

In an unauthorized biography of Janet Jackson, a confrontational family incident was described. This biography claims that, in 1979, Jackson and her two youngest children, Randy and Janet, confronted a woman who worked for Joseph’s company, whom Jackson had often reportedly accused of cheating with Joseph. That incident was re-dramatized for the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream. However in the miniseries, Jackson was shown confronting Joseph instead of the woman about the alleged incident.

In the late 1980s, Jackson began experiencing an estrangement with her daughter La Toya after she was being managed by Jack Gordon. In her 1991 memoirs, La Toya: Growing Up in the Jackson Family, La Toya alleged that Jackson was emotionally abusive, charges Jackson denied to the press and blamed Gordon, who married La Toya in 1989, for “brainwashing” her. In 1997, La Toya and Jackson reconciled after she filed for divorce from Gordon.

Jackson was portrayed by Angela Bassett in the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream. Patricia Idlette portrayed her in the 2004 film Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story.

Recent years

Jackson has spent the last couple of decades talking to the press defending her children, mainly Michael, who began to gain notoriety for his eccentricities. In a recent interview promoting her Michael Jackson Story Book/DVD on The Oprah Winfrey Show, however, Jackson acknowledged that Michael was addicted to plastic surgery and also got her husband to admit to physically disciplining their children. Over the years, it had been acknowledged by some that Joe was abusive towards his children, which he has continually denied despite admissions by both La Toya and Michael.

Jackson splits her time between Las Vegas and her Hayvenhurst home in Encino.

Despite rumours that she is estranged from Joe, she denied those rumours in an interview and dismissed rumours that Joe was banned from The Jackson family home as something the media tried to cook up and false.[1]. According to her son Jermaine Jackson’s 2011 book (You Are Not Alone: Michael through a Brother’s Eyes), Jackson had told Michael that she was nearing the age of 80 and before she died, she wanted to see her sons perform together one last time. One of Michael Jackson’s future plans as part of his deal with AEG Live was a final reunion tour with his brothers.

Death of Michael Jackson

On June 25, 2009, Michael died from Propofol intoxication at the hands of his physician Dr. Conrad Murray. Jackson, along with the rest of the family, attended his memorial which was held on July 7, 2009. On June 29, 2009, Jackson was granted temporary guardianship of Michael’s three children. Court documents indicated that she was also seeking control over the three children’s interests in their late father’s estate. Although Debbie Rowe, the biological mother of the two eldest children and Michael’s second wife, had not seen or interacted with the children for years, as of July 4, 2009, she petitioned the courts for custody of her children. As of July 30, 2009, Jackson and Debbie Rowe reached a settlement pertaining to the care of Michael’s three children, Prince Michael I (“Prince”), Paris Katherine and Prince Michael II, (“Blanket”), will be raised by Katherine; Rowe will have visitation rights and continue to receive the yearly payments to which Michael had agreed.

On August 3, 2009, the judge named Jackson as the children’s permanent guardian. On July 25, 2012, Jackson’s guardianship of the children was suspended by the court amid allegations that she may have been held against her will by several Jackson family members as a result of a financial dispute between those family members and the Michael Jackson Estate. Guardianship of the children was temporarily given to Michael Jackson’s nephew TJ Jackson, one of Tito’s sons. The guardianship resumed with TJ Jackson added as a co-guardian.

Children

Ten children were born to Katherine and Joe Jackson.

Maureen Reillette “Rebbie” Jackson (born May 29, 1950)
Sigmund Esco “Jackie” Jackson (born May 4, 1951)
Tariano Adaryll “Tito” Jackson (born October 15, 1953)
Jermaine La Jaune Jackson (born December 11, 1954)
La Toya Yvonne Jackson (born May 29, 1956)
Marlon David Jackson (born March 12, 1957)
Brandon Jackson (stillborn March 12, 1957)
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)
Steven Randall “Randy” Jackson (born October 29, 1961)
Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966)

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On 1/11/2017 at 5:08 AM, Kurt said:

La Toya Yvonne Jackson (born May 29, 1956

 

 

Who is La Toya Jackson? 

La Toya is an American singer, actress, businesswoman and TV personality.

She is the fifth child of the Jackson family, and first gained recognition on their variety TV series, The Jacksons, between 1976 and 1977.

She later found brief success as a solo artist in the 1980s and 1990s, releasing nine albums over the course of 15 years.

Her most successful songs include 'Heart Don't Lie', 'If You Feel the Funk', 'Bet'cha Gonna Need My Lovin'', 'Hot Potato', 'You're Gonna Get Rocked!' and 'Sexbox'.

In 1987, Jack Gordon was hired to co-manage La Toya by her father, Joseph.

He later took over her management completely. Under his management, La Toya's public image became increasingly raunchier.

Her mother Katherine believed that Gordon was distancing La Toya from her family so he could "become the dominating influence in her life." She was also disfellowshipped by the Jehovah's Witnesses, and posed topless for Playboy.

On September 5, 1989, Gordon and Jackson got married. Jackson later claimed she had been forcibly married, with Gordon claiming it was for her own protection against kidnapping by her family.

She apparently tried to run out of the chapel three times, but bodyguard Antonio Rossi grabbed her saying: "There's some things you have to do. Even if you don't want to."

Six months later, La Toya asked Gordon for an annulment. He repeatedly hit her head against the corner of the hotel room table, saying that he would never let her go.

Jackson lost all contact with her family, and wrote an autobiography, La Toya: Growing Up in the Jackson Family, which accused her father of abuse.

The next decade saw Gordon control her with threats and domestic violence. She said: "When he hit me, the first time I was in shock, I just recalled my ear ringing, just ringing so hard."

Her father Joseph said that he believed Gordon brainwashed La Toya and made her fearful of her own family.

After a horrific beating in 1993, Gordon was arrested but released, claiming he beat her in self-defence. Later that year, Gordon arranged a press conference, where he had Jackson read a statement claiming to believe the sex abuse allegations against her younger brother Michael.

Eventually, La Toya phoned brother Randy, who flew to New York to help her escape while Gordon was out. Days later, La Toya filed for divorce and sued Gordon in civil court for years of abuse.

Read more: https://www.smoothradio.com/news/music/latoya-jackson-age-husband-children-michael/

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Katherine Jackson, the Jackson family matriarch, turns 90 today. Granddaughter Paris posted a lovely photo and caption on Instagram. Katherine’s son, Jermaine, did as well as other family members. Katherine Jackson is a study in survival. Nothing about her story is simple. Her life with Joseph Jackson was like a four hour German opera. Her relationship to her children, especially Michael, could need a team of shrinks to understand. There’s also her deep religious devotion to Jehovah’s Witnesses. I sat behind her for weeks on end at Michael’s 2005 trial, where Katherine heard a lot of things said about a son no one should hear. She did it with grace and dignity

https://www.showbiz411.com/2020/05/04/michael-jacksons-mom-katherine-jackson-turns-90-today-and-granddaughter-paris-posts-lovely-photo

 

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